Pre-War Manga gets new English translation from Breakdown Press

Breakdown Press have launched a series of pamphlets focussed on manga from the pre-war period.

Scholar, and Eisner Award-winning author of Comics; The Origins of Manga, Eike Exner explores the beginnings of Japanese comics with two of the first “audiovisual” comic strips from 1920s, edited and retranslated for the first time since 1924.

Presented in this volume are Easygoing Daddy by Asō Yutaka (“Nonki na Tosan”) and Hineko, Their Only Child by Nagasaki Batten, and a short, contextual essay by Eike Exner.

Asō Yutaka was a pioneer of Japanese comics. Lambiek notes he created “Easygoing Daddy” shortly after the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1923. The strip was the first serial multi-panel cartoon to appear in a Japanese newspaper, and it appeared in The Hochi Shimbun for over 600 episodes.

Born in Tokyo, Nagasaki Batten trained under Kitazawa Rakuten. In 1924 found a position as “manga journalist” for Jiji Shinpo, founded by Fukuzawa Yukichi, and produced manga series aimed at children.

Pre-War Manga is only be available from Breakdown Press direct, through mail order or exhibitions and shows.

You can pre-order this A5, 60-page, riso printed, saddle-stitch softcover direct from Breakdown Press for £15 here

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